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'Halo' developer parts with Microsoft

updated 12:20 pm EDT, Fri October 5, 2007

Bungie, Microsoft split

Confirming long-standing rumors in the gaming industry, Microsoft has announced that Bungie Studios, developers of the popular "Halo" game series, will officially be returning to independent status. Under the terms of the break-up Microsoft will retain ownership of the Halo intellectual property, but it will only be guaranteed as the publisher of the series, along with any upcoming Bungie titles in the forseeable future. Microsoft says it intends to continue working on a new "interactive series" in the Halo universe, along with existing projects such as the upcoming "Halo Wars" strategy game and the movie produced by Peter Jackson.

The September 25th launch of Halo 3 is claimed to have generated more single-day income than any other entertainment product in history, even beating out the largest Hollywood blockbusters. Microsoft currently says that it has made over $300 million in the game's first week of sales.

Halo was first revealed at the 1999 Macworld expo, where it was announced that the game was to first debut on the Mac, with a PC version to follow. Bungie was absorbed into Microsoft in 2000 however, and the game debuted for the Xbox in 2001, with the Mac and PC editions shipping two years later. There has been no Mac port of Halo 2, and it is unknown whether PCs or Macs will receive the Xbox 360-based Halo 3.

Bungie originally gained fame as a Mac-focused developer, producing titles such as "Oni," "Pathways Into Darkness" and the first-person shooter series "Marathon," which was long an exclusive for Macs and considered by some to be better than PC shooters such as "Doom."

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  1. jarod

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    What a mistake it was to join MicroSHIT in the first place. The only winner of the buyout was MicroSCUM, not Bungie. Years later, they finally wake up.

  1. danviento

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    I'm impressed

    They actually got the MS claws out of their collective heart. I wonder who through them the lifesaver, or if they found their own way out. I guess they figure they can make more money on their own w/out the MS distribution and ad vehicle. I wonder what their contract was like with MS. Any clues?

  1. loudpedal

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    Joined: Oct 1999



    Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!

  1. njfuzzy

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    Durandl Returns?

    I would love to see the return of the Marathon series... a high quality, well-scripted, puzzle-based game set in the same universe... and, of course, running on my Mac.

  1. chefpastry

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    Joined: Nov 2005


    Return to Mac?

    Will Bungie write stuff for Macs again???

  1. ClevelandAdv

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    Halo rights?

    One of the big sticking points I think was taking the Halo story to the big screen. MS wanted to tell Peter Jackson how to make a movie. I think this is typical as how MS deals with innovation at the company. I hope Bungie can take the Halo series to other platforms (Mac) and make a movie, cause the have a really cool story. The question is does MS still control that franchise?

  1. Maneki Neko

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    Joined: Feb 2001


    Halo rights

    Yes, Microsoft still has the rights to the Halo franchise.

  1. manleycreative

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    wow? no WoW!

    Meanwhile, two Blizzard WoW expansions later Bungie decides to be a real game developer again.

    Sorry Bungie, you signed a deal with the Devil. HALO for all it's worth is nothing more than a lame Xbox title for the kiddies on it's way to the bargain bin, Myth II is a distant, sad memory and Blizzard is your new daddy.

    Ya'll are a half decade late and a few dollars short.Good luck.

  1. manleycreative

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    Anybody remember...

    Anybody remember the ZIP drive?

    Kind of the same thing. A true riches to rags story.

    Forget HALO, cry on your momma's shoulder, buy back the rights to Myth and develop it again the right way.

  1. _Rick_V_

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    You guys are dumb

    Bungie leaving Microsoft doesn't automatically mean they're going to develop for the Mac again. (Although I hope they do). They've been entrenched with MS for so long that all their in-house tools have evolved, developed, and conformed to MS-ware, like DirectX. Porting it all back would be a huge task, and surely some business manager will have to decide if the market is worth it, or if they just stick to the console market.

    And for all you saying to that HALO is a lame title, I think you're ignoring the fact that it is the BIGGEST grossing entertainment title EVER! Not just in the gaming world, but more than even movies like Spiderman, etc...

    (someone has to fill in for when Testudo isn't around). :-)

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